I enjoy honoring Black History Month (BHM) on my blog because there are so many excellent Christmas episodes, specials and TV movies with exceptional African-American cast members. There are also many outstanding or touching Christmas TV story lines aimed at black audiences. In the upcoming month, I'll highlight a few of my favorites. If you have a particular episode, special or TV movie that you'd like me to discuss here in Black History Month, please comment below and ask about it. I'll see what I can do
Though the bulk of my writing concerns itself with Christmas-themed entertainments, I have also researched Kwanzaa programs as well. As I state in the introduction to my encyclopedia, Tis the Season TV which includes Kwanzaa entertainments in its listings, I have chosen to add Kwanzaa entertainments because the cultural holiday, which is celebrated December 26-31 each year, centers on the many of the same themes as Christmas. Ultimately, Kwanzaa, like Christmas, is about families coming together to celebrate their traditions. Both holidays reflected in our television entertainments are broadcast in December each year.
The long-running Nickelodeon animated children's program Rugrats is known for it's special holiday programming. In addition to this Kwanzaa installment, they have also generated several Christmas episodes as well as Chanukah, Easter, Passover, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and more. There are even two feature-length movies that include the Rugrats babies and two spin-off animated series.
|Susie Carmichael with her rugrat friends|
|"I'm no good at being great" cries Susie|
|Aunt T (voiced by Irma P. Hall) comes to visit for the holidays and shares her tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa|
|In the 1980s, Cree Summer played Freddie on A Different World|
The character of Aunt T is voiced by Irma P. Hall, an actress who received great acclaim for her role in the Coen Brothers 2004 remake The Ladykillers.
This Kwanzaa episode is easily available for viewing on the Rugrats: Turkey and Mistletoe DVD. It is one of the bonus episodes contained on the disc. I found several copies of this at my local library. It is also on the Rugrats: Holiday Celebration DVD which is available at Netflix.
Which is your favorite Rugrat? I can't help it, I like Chuckie. Which is your favorite Rugrats holiday episode?